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PG&E files plan to shut down Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant

A joint proposal calling for the shutdown of California’s lone remaining nuclear power plant was formally submitted by Pacific Gas & Electric to the California Public Utilities Commission on Thursday. A number of environmental organizations and labor unions joined PG&E in the proposal to close...

Overhauling the embattled Public Utilities Commission

Sex crimes, marijuana, ridesharing and the other biggest issues we're following through the California Legislature Aug. 10, 2016, 6:03 p.m. California lawmakers are weighing scores of bills in the last weeks of the legislative session, which ends Aug. 31. We're following 10 of the biggest issues...

Microgrids & Regulation With Chris Villarreal — Episode 30 Of Local Energy Rules Podcast

Originally published on ilsr.org. In 2014, Chris Villarreal helped write the white paper, Microgrids: A Regulatory Perspective. As a regulatory analyst with the California Public Utilities Commission, he outlined the regulatory questions...Show More Summary

Doubling Down on Clean Energy in California

Last week, Pacific Gas and Electric Co. announced that it wants to retire California's Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant by 2025. If the California Public Utilities Commission accepts the utility's proposal, it will mean the end of the nuclear era in California. Show More Summary

Does California now have a utilities regulator it can trust?

It took a deadly gas pipe explosion and the largest methane leak in U.S. history, but Sacramento has finally agreed to make major changes to the state Public Utilities Commission. The goal is to rebuild Californians’ confidence that the regulatory agency is working for them, and not for the energy...

CA: Reforms Advance for Utilities Commission

Gov. Jerry Brown has agreed to significant reforms at the California Public Utilities Commission, which has been under criminal investigation over the shuttered San Onofre nuclear power plant

Essential Politics: A powerful regulator's reorganization

Few state agencies are as influential or have as broad a mandate as does the California Public Utilities Commission. But it looks like that’s about to change. Good morning from the the state capital. I’m Sacramento Bureau Chief John Myers, and a broad proposal to revamp the powerful agency was...

Energy Providers of Southern California Launch Conservation Initiative

2 months agoUtilities / Energy : Smart Grid

Unveiled last week by the joint coalition of Southern California utilities and CA Public Utilities Commission, the Conserve Energy SoCal initiative seeks to help southern California residents conserve energy, save money, and reduce the risk of shortages of natural gas and electricity. Show More Summary

Why Diablo Destruction Deal Will Fail

This morning I received a press release from the Natural Resources Defense Council bragging about signing a deal with PG&E that — if approved by the California Public Utilities Commission — would result in the plant’s license extension application being withdrawn. Show More Summary

Time For A Hard Reset On California's Broken Utilities Regulator

3 months agoTechnology : Forbes: Tech

The scandal-plagued California Public Utilities Commission is in for a reboot. An unraveling communications industry investigation proves why it's needed.

Southern California Gas Co. fined $2.25 million for pipeline safety violations

State regulators have fined Southern California Gas Co. $2.25 million for failing to promptly fix corrosion control systems used on its underground natural gas pipelines. The California Public Utilities Commission cited the utility for 45 safety violations found during inspections in the Mid-City...

California Fines SoCal Gas for Corroded Pipe Casings

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) issued a citation for violations of a federal regulation on Southern California Gas Co. (SoCal Gas) totaling $2.25 million. The citation is based on forty-five violations of a federal...Show More Summary

Charter Communications-Time Warner Cable Deal Clears Final Hurdle

The California Public Utilities Commission has approved Charter’s proposals to buy Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks.

Charter-Time Warner Cable To Close Next Week After OK From California PUC

Charter Communications will become the nation’s No. 2 cable operator next week after the California Public Utilities Commission today approved its deal to buy Time Warner Cable. This was the last hurdle for the transaction, which the...Show More Summary

California regulators approve Charter's takeover of Time Warner Cable

Charter Communications has cleared a final regulatory hurdle in its nearly year-long quest to clinch its $71-billion acquisition of Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks. California Public Utilities Commission members on Thursday voted unanimously to approve the transfer of phone licenses,...

State regulators reopen case on San Onfore nuclear plant

3 months agoHealth : Booster Shots

State regulators announced Monday that they have reopened the case involving the premature shutdown of the San Onofre nuclear plant, which closed after a replacement steam generator leaked. The California Public Utilities Commission said it is reevaluating the settlement agreement that left ratepayers...

Uber And Lyft Regulation News: Carpooling Wins in California

Ridesharing services being provided by two companies, Uber and Lyft, recently got a boost from government regulators in California. According to a Fortune report, the California Public Utilities Commission formally approved "faresplitting" which is their technical term for carpooling services provided by Uber and Lyft.

California Public EV Charging Expansion Comes With Growing Pains

The state of California is center stage of the electric vehicle market, and the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) is taking steps to make further improvements, but the path forward is anything but clear. In the first fewShow More Summary

Failing Ivanpah solar power plant gets temporary repreive, but is producing ‘prohibitively expensive’ electricity

Last week we reported that the Ivanpah solar power plant might be forced to close if it didn’t get a break from the California Public Utilities Commission. According to this article in the Press Enterprise, it got the break: California electric utility regulators on Thursday, March 17, approved a deal between Pacific Gas & Electric…

The big utilities are coming after solar users. Again.

5 months agoHealth : Booster Shots

To the editor: To absolutely nobody's surprise, the big three investor-owned utilities in California are once again storming the gates of the Public Utilities Commission over its recent decision to stay the course on net metering for solar users. These guys just never give up. The ink isn't even...

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